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Microcampus is a journey I've been looking forward to since sixth grade. Previous eighth graders have told me how Microcampus altered their perspectives and modified themselves as active members of the future generation. I looked up to them with admiration -- desperately hoping that when I transition to an eighth grader, I'll be able to undergo the Mircrocampus experience. Now here I am, an SAS Puxi representative of the 2018 Microcampus trip! 

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Today the 2018 Microcampus Puxi Voyagers group arrived in Dali. After we picked up our luggage we walked towards the bus station and were greeted by our bus driver Mr. Du. We were given a challenge by Mr. T to load 18 suitcases onto the bus without the help of adults. We went through many trial and error phases, where we kept rotating the largest suitcases or trying to squish the smaller suitcases inside. After we finally accomplished the task, we all went on the bus. During our ride from Dali to Xizhou, we had a surprise visitor Max (aka Mr.

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When I first got the email saying that I had gotten into Microcampus, I was very very happy. This is because not a lot of people got into Microcampus. I was very excited to live in Xizhou for a month studying the culture. I had imagined myself on a hill studying. However, when I came to Xizhou, there was actually no hills in where we live. Although we are up in the mountains, it is very hard to tell because, in the neighborhood that we lived in, the ground was flat. You can also see an amazing view of the mountains, anywhere you go (as long as you are in Xizhou, of course.)

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As soon as I got up today, I started writing my reflection for the final product. I was in a rush because I did not start on the reflection portion the previous day. A lot of things were going on at once, for I had to work both on my inquiry project and service learning project. (Click here to view my final product). While I was working on the two, I realized that Microcampus was really coming to an end. This was the last Sunday before we went home.

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A cloudy day always ought to bring a different feeling. Today, I have interviewed two other people for my last inquiry project field research. Because it was rainy, there weren't a lot of horsecart drivers. Instead, as planned, I interviewed a cart driver near the embroidery store Happy Embroidery. He didn't really give me abundant information, but I also got to ask a few questions to the customer of the cart.

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The 12th day of Microcampus was indeed a tiring day. I had an interview with Mrs. and Mr. Linden, which was supposed be one of the events that I most looked forward to gaining the most information. However, I felt drained out and challenging to keep a fruitful conversation ongoing. I do not know if it was because of the heat, but I felt a little hazy and hard to focus on anything. However, there were moments in which I was able to visit places I have never been before, such as the cheese factory I visited with several other peers.

Updated 5 months 3 weeks ago
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This is the beginning of a project which I will grow and learn over the course of. I will be going to Xizhou for 28 days with fellow peers who are interested in learning about other cultures and ways of life. In the village, I will be investigating love and marriage. To narrow down the amount of topics I could choose, I considered which topics I thought I would be able to connect with people through.

Updated 5 months 3 weeks ago
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Throughout Phase 0, I worked through the process of choosing my inquiry project topic, Local Food Products/Cuisine, discovering the character traits needed to complete the project well, and sharing my hopes and ideas. The main purpose of Phase 1 is to receive some knowledge on my topic and come up with 10 major questions that I have about the Xizhou Local and Food Products/Cuisine

Updated 5 months 3 weeks ago
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In March 2018, a group of 16 SAS puxi 8th grade students will go to Xizhou for 28 days to learn and grow as a person. In Xizhou we will each investigate a topic of might interest to us. To prepare for Phase 0 of Microcampus, Mr. T gave us a list of about 40 possible inquiry project topics. Our job was to narrow down the list and pick our top three topics. With lots of help from Mr. T we each had to choose one inquiry topic. The final topic that I chose was textile production. 

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Today Sarah R. and I were invited to eat dinner with Zhang Ayi, Shi fu, Ye ye, Nai nai, Zhang Ayi's son and his friend at their BaBa shop. Everyone was squished around a tiny table full of a different variety of dishes. Zhang Ayi and Nai nai kept giving Sarah and I different meats and veggies even though we were full. One time they handed us this meat that looked like pork fat and they insisted we tried it with a little bit of chili sauce.

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Although today is Day 6 of the Microcampus experience, this journal is another one about Day 5. 

Yesterday, SoniaShirley, and I went on an adventure to another part of Lake Erhai. We had to go through different towns and alleyways that we had never been before. A few times we had to stop and ask around for directions, but every time we asked, everyone just said keep going straight. 

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Today for dinner, everyone got the opportunity to go to Old Town Snacks and eat guo qiao mi xian. Guo qiao mi xian is a noodle hot pot where bowls of boiling soup are brought to the table and each person gets to put whatever meat and vegetables that they want in the soup. It was really good and after eating Taylor S.

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A couple of people from the V group either asked me if I was going to write a journal or thought that I should. 

Voyagers, your wish is granted, because here is my journal for the day. 

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Our service learning partner is Yang nai nai. She is 62 years old and lives in Zhoucheng but works in Xizhou selling handmade tie-dye and embroidery with her daughter. From this service learning experience, I have learned a lot about Yang nai nai. She very sweet, kind, funny, and caring. She is determined to care for all the people that she loves in any way possible. She works hard making tie-dye and embroidery even though she says she is losing her eyesight. When she was young, she did not go to school, but instead cared for her siblings while her parents were working on the farm. 

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The experience of sharing my group and I's final video with our Service Learning partner was relieving and remarkable. It made all of our diligence and hard work worthwhile. It made our connection to Mr. Li increase even higher. It made me recall the first moment I met Mr. Li. It made me remember how intent he was on carrying back his own drinking water even after my Service Learning group and I insisted to help him. It made me recollect all the memories and wise words Mr. Li had told me. 

Updated 5 months 3 weeks ago
 
by Taylor, Clark, Shirley, and Ethan
 
Our Service Learning partner is was Mrs. Yang. She is 62 years old elder and lived in Zhoucheng, a village neighboring Xizhou, all her life. Her full name is Yang Meiren, but we all call her Grandma Yang, or Yang Nainai.
 

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